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New life cycle for skiing resort

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Mountain bike trails are planned for the ski resort

Scotland's oldest ski centre has been taken over by a consortium of winter sports enthusiasts.

Headed by businessman Andy Meldrum, the group plan to develop Glencoe Mountain Resort as an all-year venue through the creation of mountain bike trails.

An adventure playground for children and a revamp of the cafe have also been proposed.

Mr Meldrum said: "We have got a number of plans. One is further development of the mountain biking aspect."

He added: "We have got one trail at the moment and we are planning to develop a number of others trails which are going to be more user friendly for children and for people who are not quite as mad to go down the very, very steep black run."

Previously, the site was taken over in a management buy-out in 2007, saving it at the time from liquidation.

Liquidators had been appointed after the resort company went into receivership in 2004.

Those behind the buy-out offered the site for sale in an effort to attract fresh investment.

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